Ojai native releases single
Nina Jo Smith's single, “Make Love Not War,” was co-written by Ojai resident Scott Eckersley and features Alan Thornhill and Martin Young.
Nina Jo Smith's song, “Make Love Not War,” was released Aug. 10. The song is a ukelele reggae inspired by the events of 9/11 and described as “a swinging 'Little Boxes' for the 21st century.”
Smith, who did the vocals and played the ukelele, is an indie song- writer who grew up in Ojai and now lives in San Francisco.
“Make Love Not War” also features Alan Thorn- hill, who provided back- ground vocals, and Martin Young on guitars, bass and Hammond B3. Young was also the producer.
“It was really great,” Smith said of her experi- ence working with Thornhill and Young. “Actually, I'm recording a whole CD with Martin. Alan will be on a total of three songs. He's pretty much doing a duet on another song and then doing guitar and vocals on the third song with me. When the CD comes out, there will be quite a bit of Alan and Martin all over it.” The CD, which will come out in the fall, is called “People, Places & Sings.”
“Make Love Not War” had received airplay on 29 radio stations interna- tionally in advance of its Aug. 10 release date. Smith said that she co- wrote her song with Ojai resident Scott Eckersley.
“We wrote the song not long after Sept. 11. There's a little bit of a sense of humor to it, but we were hoping the response of people would be not go to war in response, but to try to open up and be peaceful instead. It didn't work out so well,” Smith chuckled. “But the song is still relevant and seems to be pretty relevant all the time. I recently came up with a more reggae version with the main instrument is the ukulele.” Smith added that the song, with a message that is timeless, has a really fun feel and is a sing- along.
“I feel really lucky and blessed to be working with Alan and Martin,” she said. “Martin is taking great care with my songs and Alan brings his great skills and soul to every song he's on. It's so great having his vocals on this song - balances my vocals out with just the right amount of spirited guy- energy. And that's the spirit Scott and I wrote it in. Gentle, but with some sharp wit,” Smith said. “I'm really happy with this ukelele reggae arrangement and the way the single turned out.”
“Make Love Not War” is now available for down- load on iTunes and Amazon.com.