“Remember that this too shall pass.”
Frank Turner is a folk punk artist with a penchant for big, open hearted anthems. Now seven albums in, his solo output recalls acts including Bruce Springsteen and Billy Bragg. We chatted to Frank about therapy, running and Nina Simone.
What are you listening to, reading and watching at the moment?
Recently I’ve been listening to Ginger Wildheart’s new record, “Ghost In The Tanglewood”. I’m reading a history of the papacy by John Julis Norwich, and I’m watching Babylon Berlin, on Netflix.
What has been your biggest life challenge so far and what did you do to overcome it?
Dealing with my issues with drugs has been a big challenge, and it’s one that is ongoing in some ways. I got a course of Cognitive Behavourial Therapy last year, which made a really big difference for me.
What would constitute a ‘perfect’ day for you?
Probably waking up at home with my partner and my cat, making some food, then heading out to play a show with my band and crew.
For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
For my job – for making my living playing music and traveling. It’s a huge privilege.
Complete this sentence: “Ace mental health for me means…”
Being able to handle the things that life throws at us all without having recourse to some of the poisonous crutches I’ve used in the past.
What do you eat to stay healthy?
I do my best to eat well on tour, it’s a challenge as we’re in a different place every day. I take vitamin supplements to try to make sure that side of things is covered.
Do you have a daily routine of exercise or do you make it up as you go along?
I have various routines. On the road, I stretch a lot, and I do plank workouts for my back; the show itself is all the cardio I’ll ever need. At home I run.
Here at The Mind Map we remember playing football and ‘tag’ – running around the playground everyday and loving it – can you share a similar memory?
I’ve never really been one for group physical activities actually, I hated sports at school.
What three songs lift your spirits?
“This Year” by Mountain Goats. “I Ain’t Got No” by Nina Simone. “Stay Positive” by The Hold Steady.
What is your favourite self-help book, or motivational quote?
I don’t really spend much time with either of those.
What advice do you offer to friends when they are feeling overwhelmed?
Remember that this too shall pass.