Watch the Old Photographs online guitar lesson by Tommy Emmanuel from It's Never Too Late Songbook
"Old Photographs" was written after I watched Steven Spielberg's great movie Lincoln. It just moved me and transported me. I started thinking about my childhood and being with my grandparents, remembering how my grandmother used to open up these biscuit tins (cookie tins in America), which were full of old photographs of family members, some of which were uncles who never came back from the war. The stories that went along with these, the things they experienced, were very precious to me.
Being inspired by the movie Lincoln was really a great thing - I had to write this song while I was in that zone. It's so important to be in a place of inspiration; it's very difficult to be creative if you're not. So, I'm always so thrilled when I'm inspired by something and have an idea I can run with. This was one of those songs. It has tenderness, and some strength that I try to get out in the music. So, let's listen.