Since I'm new here and signed up to improve my response to things I disagree with or which I want to resist, I'll simply say that I don't believe everyone experiences art or music the same way.
Originally Posted by Futhark
I could't disagree more. Music is like coffee. You listen to it, you feel it. If it's sad, you feel sad and continue to feel sad. You don't "release" anything, you just keep getting stuck in the same mud.
Now, I can admit that at times when I have reason to be sad it is sometimes calming to listen to sombre music, but only with a really good excuse. Otherwise 99% of the time you are better off not listening to it and getting out of your rut. Listen to some new age or classical and lift yourself off the dirty floor.