Inspiration originates in the full range of our emotion and experience, sometimes coming out of the darkest and most unexpected places. Here's an example by Leonard Cohen as explored by Mark Steyn in his latest Song of the Week column.
And here is the song performed by the Klezmer Conservatory Band:
And by the poet himself:
Quite a thought-provoking piece of work on Cohen's part. Let's hope there are lots of young "Cohens" at work these days. If so, there may be hope for popular music in the 21st century after all.