via recent interview with Tavis Smiley

Robinson: Yes. It’s my dream come true as a songwriter. If I hear one of my songs by anybody, it’s a dream come true every time for me as a songwriter, because like I explained to you, I want to write a song, I want to write a song that the world can sing and will always sing.

Tavis: And cover and cover and cover, yeah.

Robinson: Absolutely, man. So I know many times, especially when it first started to happen, when the first guys who came out who were doing the rap and then they would, what do you call, sample of your songs, there were people who I know who were writers who said, “Why are you sampling my music?”

Sample all of mine. (Laughter) Please. I beg of you, sample all of mine, man, because – really, because first of all, what better form of flattery is that, for a young artist who wasn’t even born when that song was written to hear that song and say, “Hey, man, I love this song so much I’m going to include it in one of my songs,” you know what I mean?

So as a songwriter, man, that’s a dream come true for me. So I love hearing my music, I love hearing it by other people. I hope it will always be played.