The pair's friendship developed after Folds read a flattering essay written by Hornby regarding Folds' tune, "Smoke
," from his 1997 CD Whatever and Ever Amen
. "It centered around the lyrics a lot, which he didn't realize I didn't write," Folds told Reuters. "I sent him a thank you note and told him I didn't write it, so we had a good laugh. That was the beginning of a real natural friendship."