And that is something. Something special, because even before he left to that monastery seeking that peace and quiet, he was already the deepest of them all, so now, returning with new mental strength and character, he is so deep that instead of being a singer who wrote poetry he is definitely a poet who happens to be a singer too.
Leonard Cohen was never really a singer. Well, at least not in the conventional meaning. Like the French chansoniers, bob Dylan, and other troubadours he was always talking to you. With a little tune, but it was still a conversation, reading a poem, reciting a dream. And that is what makes him great. It was not the added value some songs have, it was pure value, with an added guitar.
Even in his youth Leonard Cohen had a scent of the old country. Not a specific country, but ANY old country. A memory of something nostalgic, something that was more connected to who we are, no matter who we are. And that is quite a nice trick.
His songs were always melancholic but never sad, always with a hint of tragedy, loss or hurt , but never crying. Like the Zen monk he is there was always an acceptance of the world, the situation, himself, and always a plea for the world to understand and accept him too.