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As for Limbaugh, that's just part of Copeland's desire to stay open-minded and in the know. "Rush Limbaugh, I force myself to flip and spend equal times on MSNBC and Fox just because you go to the two extremes and man, it's unbelievable," he says. "They're not even arguing the same points or discussing the same events."
Musically, his preferences are equally varied. Having recently completed a weekend in La Jolla, Calif. where he performed some of his classical work and checked out other performers in the genre, there were a few he was very impressed with. "George Tsontakis was one of the big discoveries for me of the festival," Copeland says. "He's the next big thing in American composing. He's moved the ball down the field harmonically and it's challenging, but it's still beautiful."
When Spinner asked Copeland if sampling so many different styles of music helped keep him a fan, his response was typically candid and tinged with humor. "I still am a fan," he says. "Musicians notoriously have terrible taste in music because we listen for the technique rather than the sentiment. But I do turn on the radio and just groove to it and enjoy it like everybody else."
So, what does he groove to? "Slipknot still continues to beguile," he says. "That's nothing new, I guess, but they're still cool."