Music Is Life

Music Is Life

Going behind the scenes with Carly and Martina.

Is being a singer songwriter something you aspire to do? Well, according to Martina, half of the 15-year-old twin duo Carly & Martina, one thing you must have is a good pair of earbuds! The twins listen to music from all different genres. You name it, they probably have listened to it or come across at some point.

Carly & Martina started out when they were 11, singing and performing. They play many instruments, but primarily the piano.

"Our music is a reflection of ourselves," said Carly. Martina added, "we write what we feel."

My phone conversation was as inspiring and touching as their songs are. The twins said that doing online school helps them focus on their music career even more. "I get to follow my dream everyday," said Martina, who said that people need to find out what their passion is and then do it.

Even though they started doing this just "for fun," they are realizing the traveling and networking that goes into having a career in music. The girls, who are from a suburb of Chicago, have traveled to New York, San Francisco, Nashville and Waukesha. I interviewed them in Los Angeles where they were getting ready to do a co-write with another musician. They said they have written between 50 to 70 songs. As you may guess, they have evolved as musicians, as they admit that the songs they wrote when they were 13 are in no way like the songs they write today.

Carly & Martina got their start by being interviewed on a Chicago A.M. radio station because of their song "Make Me Happy", which they won a record deal for. Now, in addition to having a Facebook following of around 40,000 followers, they are played on a few Internet radio stations. You can also find them using Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and a live streaming app called Periscope, where they interact with their fans on the daily.

During my telephone interview, Carly Spiro said something that applies as much to their career as musicians as it does to my life right now. She said that she heard a quote once that went something like this, "one day or day 1, you decide!" They added that some of the difficulties in being songwriters are spending "45 minutes looking for a five syllable word." That is something that perhaps, other musicians can relate to.

The twins make it very easy for fans to find them on social media. Their website is and everything social media is @carlyandmartina which is also the name of their first E.P. available on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify. On their website, you can become part of their E-Mail list and get updated when they post blogs.

Carly & Martina, you are some of the most inspiring and humble people I know. The entire family, including their parents Rose Marie and Sam, have become a second family to me and I can truly say that I love them.

Cover Image Credit: Carly and Martina

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Lil Yachty's 'Lil Boat 2' May Not Be Enough To Keep Him Afloat

Here's what you need to know about "Lil Boat 2."

On March 9, Lil Yachty dropped his newest album, “Lil Boat 2.” The album consists of 17 songs, most of which were probably better off not being on the album and seriously failed to impress me, despite its early success on iTunes.

In all of the reviews I have ever written, I normally organize it song-by-song, giving feedback to each track. This time, however, I think I can save all of us time on this article by just being completely honest about Lil Yachty’s “Lil Boat 2.”

Most of the songs from 1-10 on the tracklist are NOT worth listening to.

Other than those three, every other song from the top ten songs on the tracklist were absolute garbage.

The beats to the songs weren’t that bad but, overall, it just sounded like Lil Yachty and his features were WAY too high to be in the studio.

Yachty’s flows, bars and rhyme schemes were ALL weak throughout the entire album, and if it weren’t for the final six songs on “Lil Boat 2,” this review would be nothing but bashing Lil Yachty.

From the 12th track on the album, "MICKEY" (ft. Offset, Lil Baby) the album runs through much more smoothly, regardless of how basic those last couple of songs are.

I imagine Lil Yachty’s fanbase consists mostly of teenagers who eat Tide for Internet views and anybody who knows nothing about what a real rapper is.

Seriously. I cannot stress how elementary this album is. If you’re looking for new rap music to listen to, check out Tory Lanez’s album, “MEMORIES DON’T DIE,” or Logic’s “Bobby Tarantino II.”

Both of those albums are so much better than “Lil Boat 2” that they make Yachty look like an amateur — which he is.

Final Score: 5.8/10
Cover Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Did Draco Malfoy Ever Get The Clout He Deserved?

Yes, he was literally the worst for a majority of the series. But does this one moment make up for it all?

The new trailer for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” series just dropped and I have a LOT of feelings. Mainly:

With the release of this new trailer, the only natural thing to do is to binge watch the "Harry Potter" series. Now, if you don’t know about "Harry Potter" series, I’m going to assume that you were born literally minutes ago. For those of you who do know what I’m talking about, let’s chat.

Throughout the series, we see some pretty rotten witches, wizards and muggles. The worst being Bellatrix LeStrange, in my opinion.

*Side note: Voldemort killed meticulously and with his own “reasoning” that supported his actions. Bellatrix killed for sport. No reason was necessary to support her choices. Regardless of who I thought was worse, it doesn’t change the fact that they were both 100% assholes.*

Throughout the movie, and even more so throughout the book, we are able to see slight character arcs for a majority of these lesser-evil villains, such as Petunia Dursley, Narcissa Malloy, Snape, and Draco Malfoy.

After Snape, Draco had one of the biggest character arcs in the series. He saved Harry and, ultimately, through his actions, gave Harry one last chance to defeat Voldemort. How? Well, Pottermore explains it best, but to put it simply, he refused to give Harry, Ron, and Hermione up to Bellatrix and the Snatchers.

This moment is so pivotal and apparent in the books, yet on screen, while it’s still a huge moment, it still gets downplayed. The weight of the moment isn’t truly felt and could be taken as more of a mistake on Malfoy’s part. That moment, if not understood correctly, could change many viewers' opinions about Draco's transformation from elitist, bigot, selfish snob to a (slightly) unknowingly ignorant, scared, defeated teen.

Damnit, J.K. Rowling, you’ve done it again. Even after all these years, somehow I still always seem to find something new.

Now let’s talk about how the new movie will allow the Ministry to apparate onto Hogwarts?!

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