NORMAN — Texas singer/songwriter Van Darien is bringing her message-packed music to the Midway Concert Series next week.
“I’m going to enjoy sitting in front of an audience that’s ready to listen,” she said about Midway’s intimate concert setting. “I’ll be able to tell them what my songs are about and where I was when writing them.”
A native of Weatherford, Texas, Darien grew up performing in a country music opry house operated by her parents. Though she didn’t begin playing guitar until four years ago, she’s been lyrically composing songs since junior high school.
“Back then, like today, I’m still writing about boys and girls that make me mad,” she said, with a chuckle.
Recent turmoil in Darien’s personal life has had a profound influence on her art: A marriage engagement disastrously fell apart in a very distressing way.
“The man I was engaged to made me stop playing music and was controlling me through the Bible,” she said. “He physically abused me and has recently been arrested for the things he did to me.”
Darien has found that many people — both men and women — strongly relate to the songs she’s written about her experiences. Her aim is for people to come away from hearing her songs with more knowledge on the subject of abuse.
“I wrote ‘Scars’ four days after he tried to kill me,” she said. “And there’s one titled ‘Not Who I Used to Be’ about growing up in a home and picking up the mistakes your parents made then inflicting them on other people which perpetuates the cycle.”
Overcoming personal insecurity and taking charge of life have been uplifting messages which appeal to women who have experienced similar trials, and Darien said, many women have told her “Scars” was inspirational to them.