Beautifully Human / Brandon Bates

Updated: Nov 27, 2020

As we continue our series today, Beautifully Human...

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We focus on the beauty of humans and the power in their stories…

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Through telling their stories we hope to connect this world. To spread some love and humanity...

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To show a common thread of beautiful humans…

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This week we go to Salt Lake City, Utah with Brandon Bates to hear his incredible story...

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I met Brandon years ago on a gig in Salt Lake. He had some picks he had made and we talked at our table for a while. I just remember from that first night how kind and accommodating he was.

Over the years since then we have grown to be quite close. He drives my ass around Salt Lake when I come into town. Takes me to sit on lion statues at the state capitol. Also takes me to kickass record shops, and badass Mexican restaurants.

What a kind soul Brandon is. He will go over and above to do anything for you. He has a beautiful heart.

Another human I am so fortunate to have as a close friend... We all need friends like Brandon in our lives...

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Let’s all be beautifully human…

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Brandon Bates / Salt Lake City, Utah


Tell me a story that shaped your life…


- This is a tough one.  I could talk about my HS Senior Year English/Drama Teacher, Mr. Eaton, who pushed me to complete credits I needed to graduate, due to me slacking off my Junior year.  I could talk about my decision to serve a mission for the church I grew up in, at the age of 19, spending two years in the south talking Jesus and God with those fine folks.  I could talk about returning home from said mission to my parents getting a divorce, and how I learned that even as an adult, that shit hurts, especially when you find out the church you just served treated your mother so horribly. 


I could talk about meeting my beautiful wife, and deciding to get married at age 24 (which is actually considered and old age in Utah lol).  Having to deal with some serious medical issues with my wife before she turned 30, wondering if we will ever be able to have kids. 


I think though I will tell the story of how we decided to start trying to have kids, getting pregnant, and then losing that baby to an Ectopic Pregnancy, which meant losing a Fallopian tube, moving our chances to 50% to ever getting pregnant again.  During this time the song Walk, by Foo Fighters was a huge healing song for my Wife.  Then a few months later we found out we were pregnant again.  We played it very cautious, didn't announce it right away, I even stopped cutting my hair out of superstition.  Then in March of 2012 my beautiful baby girl was born.  This was another chisel in my continuous molding in life.


Tell me a story that almost ruined your life… 


- I think there have been several times where I have been given choices to make, and chose differently, avoiding anything that may have "ruined" my life.  Not to sound like I have lead a totally clean, and straight life, but for the most part I have.


Tell me a story that enriched your life…


- Even though I am no longer actively involved with religion, or really believe in religion and God, my time as a missionary in Louisiana, and Mississippi, talking with the people there.  I learned a lot about the culture there, and the people.  Southern people love God, and love to talk about scripture, and anyone out "preaching" was almost always invited in for a crawfish boil.  I grew a lot there, and can really say that my life was very enriched during my time there.