Roger C. Reale
, a Connecticut musician who made an impact in the '70s with his band Rue Morgue, wrote the lyric and did the vocal. He told Songfacts: "'Fire It Up,' very straightforward. The title came immediately, and I wrote the rest around it. Sort of a call to action - let's get busy. Hopefully good days ahead, out of the darkness.
Reale wrote and sang on all the vocal tracks on the album, working remotely with producer Jon Tiven, who was in Nashville with Steve Cropper. "I took each track as a blank slate," Reale said. "Sometimes I'd have a title right away, like this one, and sometimes I'd just start the narrative. I always went for the feel, and the idea that these words have to communicate to a listener, who could, hopefully, identify on some level... postcards from the pandemic."