As some of you know, my new song 'Nathaniel' was inspired by a commemorative sign I saw by the side of a road in Oregon last year. I was struck by the its stark, emotional simplicity. Having researched the story I'd found out it was erected following the death of a local boy in a car wreck. In the song I contrast its impact with our seeming current social obsession with 'secondary grieving' - the way we can make vast public shrines and send flowers and toys to complete strangers following moments of tragedy that often have nothing directly to do with us.
Having regretfully not taken a photo myself at the time, I found this great photo of it on Flickr by Austin Granger called 'For Nathaniel, Tillamook, Oregon' and I hope he doesn't mind my reproducing it here, and nor do the family members behind the story.