Like a lot of musicians, the Beatles were a major early influence on Larry's musical formative years. Great songwriting, harmonies, and performance were important. The first songs he figured out by ear on guitar were (in the same sitting) Smoke on the Water, and the solo for If You Leave Me Now by Chicago, showing his love for various styles of music. Partly because the Beatles played more than one instrument, he decided that guitar wasn't enough, so he eventually learned piano and keyboards, bass and dabbled in percussion, writing and recording along the way. Playing in assorted bands over the years, one of them a Beatles tribute band, he is now showing his love for another of his favorite bands-Heart-playing keyboards and guitar.