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Entries We Love: Mark Manning, 'History in the Making'

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Pairs well with: Moving on

"History in the Making" paints the picture of a relationship that's now reached its end, and the vulnerability in Mark Manning's voice is evident from the beginning. The song opens soft and gentle, with fingerpicked electric guitar creating a nostalgic sound that allows for a moment of introspection. Creating the perfect arc, Manning's performance builds up to a passionate, tense confrontation of the truth, while background vocals ring like voices of contemplation and questioning in your head: "I need someone to hold me / And say that you see a reality / Where we can be so happy / But it seems that we just weren't meant to be." Peppering his delivery with tastefully placed, gospel-infused vocal runs, Manning sings directly from the heart.

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Ashley Pointer
Ashley Pointer is a news assistant for NPR Music.