A creaky door can inspire me," says Dave Matthews, 42, who's on tour for his album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. As for actual music that gets him going, the rocker (who lives in Seattle with wife Ashley, their twins Stella and Grace, 8, and son August, 2) shared the sounds that shape him with PEOPLE's Mary Green.
MY MOST SURPRISING FAVES
I love John Denver, especially "Matthew." Jay-Z. Eminem's new record. And Dr. Dre is a supergenius.
ALBUM I PARTY TO
Soul Coughing's Ruby Vroom. It's a great house party record.
SONGS MY KIDS DIG
My girls love the Jackson 5. "ABC" is a big one. My boy is only 2 but loves lots of music and plays air guitar.
SONG THAT MAKES ME MISS MY LATE BANDMATE LEROI MOORE
Pianist Don Pullen. I'd go to LeRoi's house to pick him up from Charlottesville, Va., and we'd listen to him a lot.
MUSIC I'M INTO NOW
The Tallis Scholars' version of Allegri's "Miserere," written for the Vatican hundreds of years ago. I make breakfast to it, take baths to it and spend time with my children to it. It makes your heart stand still.