Heikki “Hector” Gray, 73, has been able to wait for the sad message, but still it stumbles.
Pave Maijanen was a close friend and an important musical colleague, so the news of his death at the age of 70 is harsh.
- She was the bestman when I got married in the 1990s.
We were such good friends, Hector says.
The conversation with the great Finnish singer-songwriter proceeds like an interval run: sometimes a story comes to mind, which Hector tells quickly and enthusiastically - the warmth of the memories is conveyed, even when the frost is roaring outside;
and then between you have to take a little break and swallow, assemble yourself.
- Pave last visited me for coffee last spring, just before the corona restrictions, he says.
- Then he came to the scene by car, driving himself.
They drank coffee and talked.
But when Pave left, he felt such that he would not return.
Pave Maijanen and Hector in 1992. Photo: IS's archive
The first encounter is also bright in mind.
Hector had already recorded The Mercenary at the time, but was not only a folk singer, but also a young music editor of YLE.
We lived in the late 1960s and a group left for Lappeenranta to record local music.
- I was struck by the band Kopet, whose trumpet singer-singer Pekka Juhani Maijanen seemed really musical.
I thought he would still get far if he got into the right circles.
Can say you got it.
And how many circles did Maijanen Pave's nickname catch up with: musicians (bands including Pepe & Paradise, Royals, Rock`n`Roll Band, SF Blues, Underground Band, Pedro`s Heavy Gentlemen), had their own solo career (hits including Would you leave, Take Care, Thirst, Hunger for Life), had a career as a backing singer, was a Eurovision Song Contest (Yamma Yamma, 1992) and a career as a music producer, where after Wigwam, Hurriganes and Dingo in the 1990s a close musical collaboration also began with Hector.
- I'm so grateful, says Hector.
- Pave became a producer for One Night (1990), and it took my music to a whole new level.
Although the songs were made by me, Pave was the boss in the studio.
He suggested things to the songs that I couldn’t have imagined.
His musicality was miraculous.
Kirka (left), Pave Maijanen, Hector and Pepe Willberg at the Emma Gala at the Old Student House in 1999.Picture: ISMO HENTTONEN
The friendship strengthened the musical collaboration.
However, Hector describes that there was one special feature in his friendship with Pave: Pave also knew how to keep his distance.
- It means that we did not share every sorrow and adversity of our own lives with each other.
It could have hampered making music.
This should not be understood as meaning that the gaps were in any way cool.
- On the contrary.
Pave's summer place Kesälahti has an old elementary school.
And there, in the old gym, we slept in my sister’s bed once for a song ride, when it was already the cold weather of the fall, Hector laughs.
- Actually, we only got to know us properly in the 1990s.
We talked a lot about life values, even spiritual things.
We had both already experienced quite a bit at that point.
Together, they also experienced the Masters, the 1990s, the success of high-end side where Hector and Pave Maijanen addition to singing Pepe Willberg and Kirka.
It was already the case at the time that a group of domestic performers sold the Hartwall Arena in full, but the Champions also drew crowds to the swelling of the Olympic Stadium.
Kirka (left), Hector, Pave Maijanen and Pepe Willberg in the Championships in January 1999. Photo: Markku Ulander
Pave Maijanen felt appreciated, so Hector believes.
- He didn't bring himself up, but I think he knew how much people appreciated him.
He wants to highlight two things that Pave Maija is not known about - or perhaps understands to appreciate enough.
- He was a really tough bassist.
So really good.
He played difficult patterns - and sang at the same time, Hector says.
And in addition, Hector urges to pay attention to Pave Maijanen’s style: it lasted from year to year and decade to decade.
- He was a stylist who always performed in public with care.
A slender guy with an eye for good-looking clothes, and he even found them at flea markets.