I imagine people like Paul McCartney and Robert Plant have a pretty good idea of the effects they have had on the world through their musical contributions.
But a lot of musicians who didn’t reach that level of success may have little or no idea if their music still touches people decades after its release.
I’m thinking of the members of The Haunted today and its late founding member, Jurgen Peter, who died this past week at the age of 74.
I wrote an appreciation piece about Jurgen and the band for my paper — at the editor in chief’s request, because she has been listening to me talk about the band for decades. So, if interested, you can check it out by clicking here. It was cut down for space purposes, and it was interesting for me to be the editor whose copy was being edited (but that’s another story).
Back to Jurgen Peter and The Haunted: They were a 1960s band in Montreal who rocked pretty hard, and I loved their music and idolized them. As I point out in my newspaper article, I still listen to their music all these years later — which says something about the quality of their music and the influence they had on me.
It’s not the first time I wrote about The Haunted: I mentioned them at least a few times in my old newspaper blog, and in this blog as well.
Still, with the passing of Jurgen Peter, it is only fitting for lifelong fans to reminisce about The Haunted, and to remind the remaining members of the band and Jurgen’s family that they made an enduring contribution to the Canadian music scene and to the lives of individuals like me, even if they didn’t reach the lofty levels of bands like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.
I’m sure every reader here can relate to this: no doubt, the music of some lesser lights has made an impact on your lives.
One takeaway from this, of course, is that we all produce ripple effects in this world, whether we realize it or not. What might not seem like a big deal to you can have a major impact on someone else.
And I guess that is what I was trying to say with my newspaper piece, without being preachy (like I am being now).
I bet the members of The Haunted moved on with their lives after the band broke up in 1971, not giving much thought to ripple effects of their music and such — but probably knowing they had a cult following.
But it was deeper than a mere cult following. Their music touched some of our souls, and lives on in our hearts. You know how it is: certain moods will evoke certain tunes in your head.
Such is the case for me with some of The Haunted’s songs, like Message to Pretty — which I mentioned in my newspaper article. The editor handling the piece for online found a YouTube version of the song, and posted it as a fitting end to my piece.
I’m going to do the same thing here.
Once again, to Jurgen Peter and all the members of The Haunted, thank you. You guys rock!
Top photo: The Haunted. (Source: Screen grab from YouTube)