We have houseguests right now and when invited to choose some music to listen to from my dad's ginormous CD collection, they picked Leonard Cohen's greatest-hits album. They weren't previously familiar with Cohen (guess they missed that part of the '60s) and wanted to educate themselves. Otherwise, though I like Cohen, he's not my idea of good music to play when company is around. For me, it's rainy-day wallow-in-depression-and-in-your-unmade-bed music. You have to be alone and in the right mood.
Interestingly, earlier today (a quiet gray Portland day), I had watched a video of Françoise Hardy singing a French-language version of Cohen's song "Suzanne." Beautiful woman, beautiful voice, beautiful song. In French, the first line becomes "Suzanne takes you to hear the mermaids."
Video originally posted on frogsmoke.com--merci!