Yes, there’s a difference between the blues and plain old self-pity.
You have the right to sing the blues if you work for Wal-mart.
You have a right to sing the blues if you ain’t got no home in this world
You have a right to sing the blues if you are literally homeless, and living in a shelter.
For purposes of Blues entitlement, Memphis Earlene assures me, it doesn’t matter that you’re living in bourgeois comfort so long as you’re suffering hard enough.
“Suffer more, suffer harder,” says Memphis Earlene by way of encouragement.
Very funny stuff and sure to break your heart.