Leonard Cohen is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While giving the speech at Cohen’s induction in 2008, Lou Reed described him as belonging to the “highest and most influential echelon of songwriters.” A very serious man it would seem.
Having suffered from depression during much of his life, Cohen has written much about depression and suicide. Themes of political and social justice also recur in Cohen’s work while war is also an enduring theme. A very depressing man it would seem.