It’s about living- slowing down, looking around, seeing myself, others, and all of creation through the eyes of the Creator. I, like most of us, am so consumed with the cares of life (the world) that I don’t really live, and many, like me, don’t wake up to that until we’re in the autumn of our lives. I’m praying and trying to make choices to turn that around in my life.
I’ve now lived over 65 years and counting. My wife and I have raised four children. Sadly we lost our oldest daughter to cancer recently. Along the way I became born again (1987), and begin a journey marked with change. Since that time I can’t say that I did everything right. Likewise, I can’t say that I did everything wrong. I did some right, but enough wrong, that I’m grateful to have an opportunity to right some of those wrongs. The one BIG right was choosing to become a follower of the Messiah Yahshua, whom I called Jesus up until the past few years. Learning His True Name, as much as it can be known at this point in my walk, is an amazing blessing. Knowing Him as my Savior is even better. His shed blood, as the Passover Lamb, gave me new life, when I believed. Some of my wrongs, that I’m now working on making right, is that not long after I was born again I took a sidetrack and began listening to what men say more that what the Creator has said in His Word. I renounce that, and repent of it, in Yahshua. I still don’t have it all together, and I am still in need of change. So the journey continues.
I was born in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, in 1955. Named for my dad, Banner Kidd, my family chose to call me “Buddy.” Most people don’t know that, and so I’m known only by my given name, Banner, to people I have a relationship with today.I began life in a little four room house with no indoor plumbing, on Little Mud Creek. I shared that house with Mom, Dad, and two sisters. I began first grade at Spruce Pine School, a small three room schoolhouse (pictured) that housed 1st through 8th grades. Our little house was only about a quarter of a mile from school. I walked to school every day, and the first month or so I used to run back home at recess because I didn’t really want to be away from home.
My family moved to Kendallville, Indiana in May 1965, just prior to my birthday. I had a bit of a traumatic childhood, marked by being sexually molested by an uncle, and a lot of moving around, at times being separated from Mom and Dad. I grew up fearful, and doubtful that anything good could ever really come my way. It was a recipe for some bad choices along the way, up to my new birth, in Messiah Yahshua, on November 23rd, 1987.
I have been, and continue to be, a professional musician, songwriter, and have been a full time broadcaster on radio. I now write and produce jingles for radio and TV, working with a network of pro musicians, writers, engineers, and singers around the nation. But, at the end of the day, I am just an old hillbilly from East Kentucky that had some cool opportunities. I’ve been known to tell young folks to remember that it is all about taters. What I mean by that is this: The most important things in life, to us in this physical existence, are faith, family, food, shelter, and clothing. If we have this we have what we need. And our Creator promised to provide all of them to those who love Him and walk in the Truth of His Commandments, by favor (grace) through belief (faith) – yielding to the work of His Set Apart Spirit in and through us. This puts the taters part of life squarely in the spiritual camp. Physical health is an outgrowth of spiritual health. This website is a way of communicating about taters with those who might be interested.
I’ve released an EP, called “Consuming Fire.” It is available at Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, KKBox, and others. I continue to write songs, and I’m trying to write a book entitled “Buddy,” (in progress for a few years) about my life and experiences. I’m looking for opportunities to share in speaking and singing engagements. A new recording project is in the works. More to come on that later. If you have questions, or have an opportunity that you would like to pass my way, please go to my contact page and let’s talk about it. Thank you!