Most of what Larry wrote on the first couple of Firefall albums were written when he was between 16 and 19. So he was prepared when the opportunity - in the form of Rick Roberts - presented itself to form a band. In a Songfacts interview with Burnett
, he explained: "I lived in Washington, D.C. At the time there was a widely known club called The Cellar Door. They had Ray Charles and Bonnie Raitt, they had all these people there during the week, and on Sunday nights they had something that today would be called open mike day, I guess. I used to go down there on Sunday nights and I'd play these little songs that I'd written. And the sound man there, who I am still friends with to this day, Jimmy Geisler, he used to record me. He thought I was really good, he recorded me. He had a little tape deck and a light and sound booth. And then during the week when all of these real people would be coming through, he'd be handing them these tapes going, 'Hey, I've got this guy writing songs, I think they're pretty good. Give him a listen.' I think he handed tapes of me on stage Sunday night at The Cellar Door to everybody that came through.
Anyway, Rick Roberts was playing solo, and he came through as the headline act. And Jimmy gave him one of these tapes. And Rick went, 'Ooo, I'd like to meet him.' So Jimmy hooked me and Rick up. He called me up and said, 'Come down to the club tonight, this guy wants to meet you finally.' And so those songs that I was performing then when I was like 18 and 19 on this little stage at The Cellar Door, I had a boatload of them. And two or three years later when we finally got Firefall together, that's what we started out with, I had all this stuff already written. Believe me, the first time I heard 'Cinderella' on the radio, I kind of went, 'Whoa, that's pretty wild.'"