Navigation Apps Should Have a "STFU" Feature

2017-06-05

In 1976, The Band performed a marvelous version of their song “The Weight”, accompanied by The Staples Singers. That’s my favorite version of the song. Here’s my favorite part:

Catch your cannonball, now to take me on down the line
‘Cause my bag is sinking low, and I do believe that it’s time
To get back to Miss Fanny, you know, she’s the only one
She sent me here, with her regards for everyone

What makes it great are the magnificent vocals by Mavis Staples, and during that line in bold – the most genius hand clapping. You can listen to it in the video above, starting 3:30.

Thanks to Spotify’s terrible shuffle, this songs comes up relatively often when I drive. I listen to it with great pleasure, waiting for my favorite part. Then it comes:

Catch your cannonball, now to take me on down the line
‘Cause my bag is sinking low, and I do believe that it’s time
To get back to Miss Fanny, you know, she’s the only one
IN FIVE HUNDRED METERS, MAKE A U TURN

That’s some terrible UX, Google. Don’t you have super fancy speech recognition? I should be able to shoosh you.