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    Read UNPLUGGED the novel + listen to UNPLUGGED the musical! This bundle gives you both.

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  • UNPLUGGED is a tale of depression, recovery and self-reinvention. It’s also the story of how a young woman is taught and healed by nature — by the very land beneath her feet.

    This expanded 15th Anniversary edition of Paul McComas' award-winning novel includes sheet music for 12 "Dayna Clay" songs. Softcover, 364 pages, published 2017, John Daniel & Co.

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    Jimi Hendrix. Janis Joplin. Jim Morrison. Each rocketed to the top of the rock ’n’ roll pantheon — then died at age 27, a casualty of drugs, despair or both. More recently, when Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain took his own life at the same age, his mother lamented, “I told him not to join that stupid club.”

    UNPLUGGED imagines someone whose membership in that club is denied — barely.

    Dayna Clay struggles through the final concert of a wildly successful tour. Tormented by an ever-deepening depression, the 27-year-old rocker hands her guitar to a fan and beats a retreat. Forfeiting her career, she sets out incognito for parts unknown and winds up in the Badlands of South Dakota, where her growing connection to the land and to the people she meets there begins to heal the wounds of an abusive childhood.

    Meanwhile, Dayna’s disappearance only serves to boost public interest in her — and to fuel her skyrocketing record sales. Laboring to choose between her musical ambitions and the new life she has made, she finds herself stranded in a far-flung corner of the wilderness she has come to love. Saved from a suicide attempt earlier by nature, she now may perish by the very same hand.

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lyrics

There's a sign in the window, ev'ry store in town:
“All is forgiven, your family needs you back, come home now.”
There's a side to her story that the signs don't say
So, take your time, girl, make him sweat, you gotta run away, run away.

Now they're puttin' up a wanted poster for the runaway wife and mom
But there ain't a word on it about what it is she's runnin' from.

I don't see any bruises, I don't see no scars
But I do see the face of a woman whose love has been stretched out too damn far.
They say love is patient, they say love is kind
But if you don't see when your lover starts to take you for granted, your love's blind.

Now they're puttin' up a wanted poster, like she's Jesse James or Al Capone
Tried and sentenced for the rest of her life to the prison that they call home.

Said they're puttin' up a wanted poster, ev'ry neighborhood in ev'ry town
'Cause they branded her an outlaw and now they're determined to drag her down.

Well, I don’t know your story and you don't know mine
But we both got to cover our tracks when we're runnin' from the lives we left behind.
Don't ask any questions, that's a whole can of worms
But if you wanna go back, if you're gonna go back, you'd better do it on your own terms.

Now they're puttin' up a wanted poster like her freedom is a threat to Man.
I would bet the way they're judgin' her is the reason why she ran.
Oh, oh, now they're puttin' up a wanted poster for the runaway wife and mom
But there ain't a word on it about what it is she's runnin' from.
Oh, oh, no, there ain't a word on it about what it is she's runnin' from.
Not a fuckin' word on it about what it is she's runnin' from.

credits

from UNPLUGGED: A Survivor's Story in Scenes & Songs, released October 22, 2017
Maya Kuper: keyboards, vocals
Paul McComas: acoustic guitar, bass, background vocals
Mike Holden: electric guitar
Justin Marsh: drums
Written by Maya Kuper and Paul McComas
Produced by Maya Kuper and Paul McComas
Engineered by Joe Dilillo and Maya Kuper
Mixed by Joe Dilillo at Solid Sound Recording in Hoffman Estates, IL

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The Dayna Clay Project Chicago, Illinois

"Dayna Clay" is a fictional 27-year-old rocker, battling depression and PTSD in the wake of childhood sexual abuse. Maya Kuper & Paul McComas’ alt-rock musical "UNPLUGGED: A Survivor’s Story in Scenes & Songs" chronicles Dayna’s bumpy journey through the South Dakota Badlands, and into self-discovery, healing, full embrace of her bisexuality, and love. Proceeds support RAINN and The Kennedy Forum. ... more

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