The title of the piece refers to the song by Pete Seeger – a protest song about the power of using your voice. In this piece however, there is not so much protest as desperation. The song is buried, and all there is left to do is hammer, all the while knowing that the message will most likely not be heard or understood.
The piece was first performed at a student concert in the missionary church Bethesda in Copenhagen in 2012. It was not to the taste of the audience, about half of whom left the church during the piece. As I played the piece on a balcony out of sight and unable to see anyone else, I heard a rising crescendo from the unhappy audience below – the sound of voices murmuring, talking, then shouting, and chairs being hammered on the floor. Almost a musical companion piece to the piece I was playing.
Later performances by myself and others have been much less dramatic.
Regin Petersen made an arrangement of the piece in 2013 for performer with hammer, chisel & brick + full orchestra. The orchestra plays Regin Petersens idea of what is inside my head as I hammer, while the soloist performer plays my original piece.