Just a quick and short post for one person who influenced my music in my early years of self-learning and playing the keyboards.

The video above talks about Nelson Del Castillo’s two songs that became hit nationally.

Readers please take note how Nelson without qualm or whatever stated that his composition “You’re My Best Friend” was written….”this is for our Lord Jesus Christ”, he said.

Nelson’s composition “If” was first heard on local radio In the 90’s in Iloilo City through Hiligaynon Records.

It became a nation-wide hit and garnered double-platinum status, reached number one in the Philippine music charts, listened to in Thailand and included in an American jazz album.

I had the chance of going with Nelson promoting his hit song “You’re My Best Friend” in malls around Manila in 1995. We played together in the praise and worship band of Faith Baptist Church for several occasions in that year.

Besides his raw talent in playing the keys and composing songs, I admire Nelson for his humility and generousity in sharing his talents.

Below is his jazz rendition of “It Is Well With My Soul”, as recorded and shared on FB by his wife, Grace on 28 August.

Keep the faith Nelson del Castillo!

Kind regards to Grace and the del Castillo boys.