Rachael Hurwitz
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Rachael Hurwitz

Carrboro, North Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011

Carrboro, North Carolina, United States
Established on Jan, 2011
Solo Folk Pop

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Jan
29
Rachael Hurwitz @ The Corner Tavern and Grill

Cary, North Carolina, United States

Cary, North Carolina, United States

Jan
10
Rachael Hurwitz @ Mystery Brewing Public House

Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States

Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States

Dec
15
Rachael Hurwitz @ The Station

Carrboro, North Carolina, United States

Carrboro, North Carolina, United States

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Alanis Morissette's 1996 hit song "Ironic" has agitated rhetoric snobs for years. Taking listeners through a series of unlucky coincidences—a rainy wedding, a no-smoking sign on a cigarette break, a failure to take good advice—the Grammy-nominated song is devoid of any literal irony.

In July, a pair of 24-year-old sisters from North Haven, Conn., rewrote the lyrics and recorded a shot-by-shot parody of the original music video. Rachael and Eliza Hurwitz's new version, "It's Finally Ironic," has been viewed on YouTube more than half a million times. "We fixed it for you, Alanis," Eliza coos in the spoof. "You're welcome."

The concept of irony has a way of befuddling people. Over the years, the word has come to be widely misused as a synonym for "unfortunate." By definition, though, irony implies that something has happened in the opposite way from which it was intended. "Rain on your wedding day is just bad luck," said Ralph Sneeden, an English teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

Ms. Morissette has since claimed that the irony of the song lies in its lack thereof, but the Hurwitzes took a more direct approach, reworking each original verse to one that indisputably qualifies as ironic. "It's a black fly in your Chardonnay, that was specifically purchased to repel black flies," goes the rewrite. "It's like rain on your wedding day—a day and place you chose because it's known not to rain."

Eliza and Rachael Hurwitz are two of a set of triplets who remembered hearing an English teacher bemoan the song's lyrics. Eliza, a stand-up comedian who recently graduated from New York University, decided to rewrite the song last year while writing a column for the humor website Hello Giggles.

She enlisted Rachael, a recent Connecticut College graduate who is now pursuing a career in music, to film a spoof with her. The sisters live in New York and began performing comedy together this summer. This was their first comedy video.

"We felt like [a video] would pack the most punch," Eliza said. "We were hoping we'd get a couple hundred views, but then ['Star Trek' actor] George Takei tweeted about it and it just blew up." The sisters said they plan to move away from parody and focus on original content in their next videos.

Ms. Morissette's original song is no stranger to ridicule. Shortly after its debut, Irish comedian Ed Byrne ruthlessly roasted the lyrics in his routine. "The song should have been called 'Unfortunate,' " he ranted. "There's nothing ironic about being stuck in a traffic jam when you're already late for something, not unless you're a town planner."

A decade later, writer Patrick Cassels rewrote a few of the lyrics in a list-style format for College Humor. Mr. Cassels also aimed for real irony—it's like "rain on your wedding day...to Ra, the Egyptian sun god," he wrote.

His post didn't exactly go viral. "The girls bring a lot more to it than I did," he said. "Their version is way more multidimensional." - The Wall Street Journal


Since you’re reading Trending Now on your computer, there’s a good chance that you appreciate a good cute cat photo. Am I right? Well two sisters from New York City have released a music video telling you how to capitalize on that theory. It’s called ‘Cat Pictures’ and it was uploaded to YouTube by Rachael and Eliza Hurwitz.

The video has been viewed more than 6,000 times, but we think that number will skyrocket, because who doesn’t want to get paid in cat pictures? Well...I dont! - Yahoo News


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Rachael started writing songs at twelve years old, after a few years of piano lessons. After graduating from Connecticut College, she moved to NYC where she performs original folk music at various venues and open mics. She also entered and won a contest to compose the score for a feature film. As part of a comedy/music duo, Rachael and her sister Eliza made a parody of Alanis Morissette's "Ironic" that went viral on YouTube. Recently, Rachael recorded her first EP "Vagabond" at the Gallery Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY and will release it this September.

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