Former 'American Idol' finalist explains why she loves the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Editor's note: Former "American Idol" contestant Carmen Rasmusen Herbert writes about her favorite entertainers in her column "What I Love About …"

The other day, I walked in our front door after a particularly trying afternoon and evening. My car had broken down, my kids were tired and had both missed their naps, and I had several important things on my to-do list that I just couldn't imagine sorting out that night. My brain felt completely fried, my energy drained and the only thing that kept me going was the promise of our huge, soft couch, my favorite late-night treat (usually a really sugary cereal) and the beautiful sound of silence.

After the kids were finally zonked, I plopped my weary self down and began thinking of some music I could put on to help calm my nerves and soothe my soul. Immediately, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir came to mind.

With such a huge repertoire of songs to choose from, there is always one that seems to be just perfect for my mood at that particular moment. I love the well-trained voices, the incredible arrangements, the instruments, the feeling and spirit of the music. I always somehow feel better about life after I've listened to the choir.
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