Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Watching Taylor Swift at Grammys reminded me why I sing

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12 2013 1:46 p.m. MST

So as the Grammys wrapped up and the final performers took the stage, singing their songs and accepting their awards, I couldn’t help but wonder: Are they happy, too? Regardless of whether or not they are recognized for their talents, are they singing because they love singing? Are they singing for themselves? Or are they trying to win the approval of their peers?

I will never sing at the Grammys. I probably won’t win any big awards for my music. But regardless of how many people are listening, I still sing. I sing for my husband, my boys — a tough crowd that usually tells me to stop! — and even on stage once in a while. I sing now because I want to.

I sing for me.

Carmen Rasmusen Herbert is a former "American Idol" contestant who writes about entertainment and family for the Deseret News.

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