National Artist Plern Promdan speaks exactly the way he sounds in his music. Known as the king of pleng pood, a particular style of luk thung music that incorporates witty spoken words and/or humorous dialogue into songs, Plern talks as if he is conducting the spoken parts of his pleng pood, the subgenre he co-created and popularised.
With a clear, familiar voice, Plern constantly posts rhetoric questions, theatrically lets out small laughs to punctuate points and plays old school verbal gymnastic to deliver punch lines _ all techniques often used in pleng pood _ literally "speaking song".
Sitting in a hospital canteen after a medical check up and accompanied by his wife of 45 years, Plern, at 73, is a picture of a good health with his light frame, gleaming fair skin and sharp memories that include precise dates and a very structured method of story telling _ once again another mark of his calling card in pleng pood.
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