Listening to music that matches your mood can also be helpful in releasing emotional tension. By listening to sad songs when you feel sad, you encourage the feeling of being understood and connecting to other humans on a deep level, which can provide a feeling of release and catharsis.This famous quotation from William Congreve (1670-1629) evidently has a lot more truth to it than he ever realized four hundred years ago. To complete the quote: "Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast. To soften rocks, or bend the knotted oak."