First Song about Biting Midges Released

Vala Hafstað

The first Icelandic song about biting midges has just been released. The musician responsible for it, who goes by the name of Nasarus, is certain it will be wildly popular, mbl.is reports.

You can listen to the song here and watch the accompanying video: 

The song not only warns of the existence of these annoying flies, but also gives advice on how to prevent their bites and how to treat them. In an interview with Fréttablaðið, Nasarus explains what led him to write the song. 

“There is a good reason for this song. I wrote it in a fit of rage. Last week, my mother and I were sunbathing on the balcony, and when we returned inside, the old lady had bites everywhere.” Nasarus’ mother turned out to have more than 200 bites on her legs. “I got very angry and hurt and started composing.”

The song is a preventive measure. “I want to warn people of this pest in Icelandic nature,” he states, but adds that none of the advice he gives in the song has worked so far. He emphasizes that the song is not meant to honor biting midges, but to demean them. “I want them out of here,” he insists.

Nasarus’ life changed after he was given a nose whistle in 2016, mbl.is reports. 

“This was the first time I saw such an instrument. I took it home and tried blowing into all ends, and finally got out a sound. Since then the whistle and I have been one.”

“You could say the whistle has affected my life in a major way, that it has completely changed it,” he confesses on Facebook. He goes on to admit that his wife left him because of the whistle. “I’d rather not discuss it, but by wife gave me certain options. In retrospect, I must say the choice for me wasn’t difficult, because there is only one tool in this world that has captured my heart, and that is the whistle.”

Playing the whistle isn’t always easy. “My nasal septum isn’t straight, which is common, so I actually use only one nostril when playing the whistle.”

Nasarus describes himself as belonging to a marginal group - not only musically speaking. “I’m on the margins of society, being a single male, living with my mother. I see myself as a spokesman for and the voice of this marginalized group.”

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