Benjamin Lerner is a musician with an unusual sound. He is a classical pianist who passionately raps, and his lyrics illuminate his experiences as a recovering addict — he has been clean for five years. Music producer Joshua Sherman recently renovated a historic building in East Arlington & transformed it into a world-class recording studio. Both artists come from impressive musical lineages — Benjamin’s great-grandfather is Irving Berlin — and both grew up spending summers in Vermont before eventually settling in the area. Joshua was a set designer and producer on Broadway and more recently has become a medical doctor. He purchased 23 buildings in the picturesque town and multiple print publications. Joshua hopes to entice creative people to the area in order to revive the artist colony scene from the 1950s, which attracted greats like Norman Rockwell. Together, Benjamin and Joshua produced Clean, Benjamin’s debut album, which came out in 2020. On a sunny Saturday, Eva got a tour of Joshua’s East Arlington campus, listened to Benjamin perform & learned about their unique artistic collaboration.
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