The Merry Rockers
Marissa Lelogeais is not a person defined by cerebral palsy. If you ask her she will say her life is music, and music is her life. Her band The Merry Rockers all met while studying music together at Berklee College of Music in Boston While taking a class on the music and life of Bob Marley at Berklee, Marissa found that she identified with not only the pounding drums, the rhythmic guitar, the thumping bass but also the message of reggae music. She knew what Bob Marley meant when he said “Get Up, Stand Up, Don’t Give Up The Fight.” Mar has had to fight all her life because she was born three months premature which resulted in her having to cope with significant learning disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, and low vision. This only fueled her love and passion for life and reggae music. So moved was she by the story of the people of Jamaica and the messages of hope and love in the songs of bands such as Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, John Brown’s Body and Spiritual Rez, that she began writing reggae songs in earnest. This provided her the opportunity to share the stage with many of her favorite bands and artists such as Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Tubby Love, Mike Love and Cas Haley, to name a few!