My quick response to the Daily Prompt: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/prompt-singing-the-blues/
I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but if I have the blues, I listen to the bluest music available. The quiet Miles Davis sessions. The most mournful Joni Mitchell love-lost ballads. I never thought that people listened to sad songs in order to be sadder – music offers a path out of sadness. Sure, I’ll cry and really get into the lyrics and try to apply them to the given sad, sad situation – but at some point, I begin to feel better. All of a sudden, I’d rather listen to “Layla,” because hey, at least it’s a bad-ass sad love song. Then maybe I crank it up, listen to some obscure Zepellin, or maybe some tiki lounge. Before I know it, I’m listening to “Happy” by Pharrell and thinking of real ways that I can pull myself out of the pit.